“You become what you believe.”- Oprah Winfrey
From when we wake up in the morning until we go to bed, every moment of our day is filled with thoughts. Like a long freight train crossing the Prairies, our thoughts are a seemingly endless stream of consciousness, filling us with emotion, and forming the basis of the actions we take throughout the day.
In this age of information, we are surrounded by thousands of daily reminders of lack. Most of this comes from advertising, as it causes you to feel fear and lack by promoting what you don’t have, in order to sell more. Your association with certain friends, colleagues and family members may also cause you to feel lack, as they may also experience lack in their lives.
The message we often hear throughout the day is about what we are missing, not what we have. Think about how many times you have heard something along the lines of “Congratulations! You have everything you need right now, and the most important things are free! Health, fresh air, family and liberty! Don’t buy a thing.”
Whether financially or in other ways, it is imperative to focus on abundance and to avoid any thoughts of lack.
Try the following:
Dissociate Yourself from People Who Chronically Think in Terms of Lack. This is particularly important if they have the annoying habit of wanting to share their lack thinking with you. Whether they’re friends or family, let them go.
Severely Limit Your Exposure to Media. Traditional forms of media tend to emphasize consumption and lack, and de-emphasize productivity and abundance.
Admire Other Successful and Rich People. I keep about 12 photographs in my study of people I admire (e.g., Terry Fox, Ernest Shackleton, Oprah Winfrey) that help inspire me when the going gets tough.
Stay Busy. Dramatically ramp up action or take some bold initiative, to the point of being too busy to think about what you do not have.
Focus on Two or Three Things that Keep You Motivated Each Day. This may be in the form of an inspirational quote, some photos, a book you admire or a friend who helps you. Find a few things you can do every day to help direct your mind toward the abundance that exists in this world and how to bring more of it into your own life.
Eamonn has a B. Eng. (Electrical) from Lakehead University, MBA (Finance) from University of Toronto, and has completed Executive Education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in Vancouver, Canada. Follow him on twitter @EamonnPercy.